Welcome to the GMUG National Forest!

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Fairview Peak Fire Lookout, in Gunnison National Forest, is considered the highest fire lookout in the world at 13,214 feet. Since 2008, the Forest Service has been stabilizing and restoring the lookout. In 2015 with the help from Historicorps, the cupola was rebuilt on top of the stone structure.   Find out more about this historic site.  (photo credit: Xavier Fane) 

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are a combination of separate National Forests located on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. These three combined Forests cover 3,161,900 acres of public land in the central and southern Rocky Mountains, an area that lies south of the Colorado River and west of the Continental Divide with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies.

The Forests vary in elevation from 5,800 feet above sea level in Roubideau Creek Canyon to 14,309 feet on Uncompahgre Peak.

The Forests include spectacular features like the 355 foot high Bridal Veil falls; the Grand Mesa with over 300 lakes, one of the world's largest flat top mountains; and the Alpine Tunnel, once the highest railroad tunnel in North America.


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